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Not All Reading Disabilities Are Dyslexia

Vanderbilt Research News

A common reading disorder goes undiagnosed until it becomes problematic, according to the results of five years of study by researchers at Vanderbilt’s Peabody College of education and human development in collaboration with the Kennedy Krieger Institute/Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Results of the study were recently published online by the National Institutes of Health.

Smithsonian Spotlights Disability History

Disability Scoop

The exhibition from the National Museum of American History, which was unveiled this week, explores everything from stereotypes to laws, technology and issues in everyday home life for people with disabilities.

Fiber-Optic Pen May Help Scientists Understand Dyslexia

Mother Nature Network

A new fiber-optic pen may help reveal the unique brain patterns in people with writing and reading disabilities, such as dyslexia.By analyzing the brain scans alongside the computer-generated record of the pen's path, the team hopes to identify regions of the brain associated with specific symptoms of writing disabilities. The pen may also be useful in examining brain patterns of patients with motor-impairing diseases, such as Parkinson's disease or multiple sclerosis.

Putting Social Skills in the IEP

Smart Kids With Learning Disabilities

"Although parents are often intimidated by the IEP process, you need not hold back when it comes to addressing social-skill deficits with your child’s team. You know that social skills are vital for success in life. Teachers know this too. That is the common ground on which to begin the discussion."

New Book on ADHD in Children and Adults

Smart Kids With Learning Disabilities

"Dr. Thomas E. Brown, one of the world’s leading authorities on ADHD, has just published a book that sheds new light on the condition for both parents and professionals. In A New Understanding of ADHD in Children and Adults: Executive Function Impairments (Routledge) Brown redefines ADHD while also setting the record straight on 35 of the most common myths about the disorder. In addition Brown provides answers to many of the questions parents ask about ADHD."

Read the excerpt here.

The Best and Worst Learning Techniques

Times Magazine

"In a world as fast-changing and full of information as our own, every one of us — from schoolchildren to college students to working adults — needs to know how to learn well. Yet evidence suggests that most of us don’t use the learning techniques that science has proved most effective. Worse, research finds that learning strategies we do commonly employ, like rereading and highlighting, are among the least effective."

Welder with LD Proved Naysayers Wrong

Edmonton Journal

"Patrick Dufault remembers many people telling him he would never be able to become a welder because of his learning disability. Dufault has primary dyslexia, which causes him to struggle with reading, spelling and writing. But Dufault’s path to the trades came with challenges. He quit school in Grade 10 because he was in a special class but didn’t feel he was learning as much as he should be."

Charter School with Special Ed Focus to Teach Social Skills to All

Gotham Schools

"A school found the social skills class so successful in its first year that it is expanding enrollment to all students, regardless of whether they have special needs, Gallini said. He said the school will train all classroom teachers to offer the social skills instruction, so students won’t have to leave their classes to get the support. For the most part, all students reap the benefits of having a school set up to serve children with special needs. "

Dyslexia Has a Language Barrier

The Guardian

"Research by US and Chinese scientists challenges our interpretation of how it is possible to be dyslexic in one language but not another. It shows that readers of Chinese use a different part of their brains to readers of English."

After-School Programs May Boost Common Core Knowledge

Pittsburg Kids + Creativity Network

"As the nation moves toward Common Core standards in classrooms, school districts are bracing for a sudden drop in test scores. The Common Core standards, which 46 states and the District of Columbia have adopted, are asking different things of students (and teachers). Eventually, supporters hope, the new standards will create true 21st-century learners who can master not only the facts but the ability to be a critical thinker, innovator, and lifelong learner. In the meantime, however, the big question mark is their immediate and longer term impact, particularly on low-income children or those for whom English is not their first language."

Study Sheds Light on Auditory Role in Dyslexia

The New York Times

"Many people consider dyslexia simply a reading problem in which children mix up letters and misconstrue written words. But increasingly scientists have come to believe that the reading difficulties of dyslexia are part of a larger puzzle: a problem with how the brain processes speech and puts together words from smaller units of sound."

How Myths About LD Start

NCLD

NCLD writes:

"How do myths about learning disabilities (LD) start? We saw one possible way this week when Vanity Fair published a headline for its interview with actor Channing Tatum that read 'Channing Tatum Talks Fatherhood, Says He'll Never Medicate His Child for Learning Disabilities.'"

Reimagining Children’s Museums and the Future of Learning

Pittsburgh Kids + Creativity Network

"'You can’t flunk at a museum,' says Jane Werner. The executive director of the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh sees museums as labs that can inspire the next generation of artists, scientists, engineers and their teachers."

Resources to Prevent Summer Slide

Edutopia

"Summer is here! But along with warmer weather, trips to the pool and the Fourth of July, comes a not-so-fun reality... the summer slide. Too often students scowl at the idea of summer learning, but it doesn’t have to be that way. In fact, summer is the perfect time to dive into some fun, engaging learning activities."

LD Leadership Training Calls for Sponsors

Eye to Eye

Eye to Eye is calling for trainee sponsors to help fund this summer's program:

"This is our most transformative annual training, with over 100 chapter leaders coming together to learn leadership skills they'll use at their chapters during the coming academic year—and in life. They'll also hear valuable advice from national leaders with LD / ADHD, including Senator Michael Bennet of Colorado, who shares his inspiring story of dyslexia in this year's welcome address."

ADHD Research Seeks Reasons for Diagnosis Rate Increase

The Chicago Tribune

"It's well known that the cause of ADHD is strongly genetic but also linked to brain development, experts said. While previous studies have shown that in-utero exposure to ischemic-hypoxic conditions — complications that deprive the brain of oxygen — often lead to brain injury and developmental problems, Kaiser Permanente's study published in Pediatrics journal shows children who experience prenatal IHCs have a 16 percent greater chance overall of developing ADHD."

Unlocking Dyslexia in Japanese

The Wall Street Journal

"Researchers have long observed that some dyslexics have an easier time with languages like Japanese and Chinese, in which characters represent complete words or ideas, than they do with languages like English, which use separate letters and sounds to form words."

More Tests in Shifting Classrooms

New York Times

"Grouping students by ability level in the classroom is back. 'Ability grouping and its close cousin, tracking, in which children take different classes based on their proficiency levels, fell out of favor in the late 1980s and the 1990s as critics charged that they perpetuated inequality by trapping poor and minority students in low-level groups,' Vivian Yee wrote in The Times’s Education section."

Nearly 1 in 3 with Autism May Have ADHD Too

DisAbility Scoop

"Almost one-third of children with autism also have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and symptoms appear to be more severe in kids affected by both conditions, new research suggests. The findings come from a long-term study of 162 children who were tracked starting when they were still infants or toddlers. By the time the kids reached ages 4 through 8, researchers found that 63 had autism. Of those with the developmental disorder, parent reports indicated that 18 of the children — or about 29 percent — also had clinically significant symptoms of ADHD."

Globally, Kids With Disabilities Struggling

Disability Scoop

"Children with disabilities are among the world’s most marginalized people, often going undocumented from birth and facing rampant discrimination, according to a new report from the United Nations Children’s Fund."

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